2022 Recycling Program Rates

November 29 , 2021


To: All Interested Parties

Subject: 2022 January 1st Recycling Program Rates

This Notice reports changes to recycling rates, including refund value per segregated pound, refund value per commingled pound, and containers per segregated pound for each type of California recycling program. In accordance with Public Resources Code Section 14549.5, revised rates for aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal beverage containers will be effective January 1, 2022.

Attachment 1

This attachment shows the rates for refund value per pound and containers per pound by program type.

  • Table 1 – Applies only to recycling centers (RCs) where individual consumer transactions take place.
  • Table 2 – Applies only to material redeemed through reverse vending machines (RVMs). California Code of Regulations Section §2540(c)(1) requires RVM operators to be reimbursed at the applicable commingled rate. Exceptions can be made upon verification by the Division of Recycling, that the “reverse vending machine distinguishes 100% of the time between empty [CRV] beverage containers and other [non-CRV] containers.”
  • Table 3 – Applies only to Curbside Programs (CSs).
  • Table 4 – Applies only to Drop-Off / Collection programs (CPs).
  • Table 5 – Applies only to Community Service Programs (SPs).


Note to Certified Recycling Centers:

If changes to the refund value per segregated pound rates overlap a receipt and log period, complete a Shipping Report (DR-6) for the period with the old rate, and then complete a separate DR-6 for the period with the new rate. Failure to separate the weights may delay your payment, and CalRecycle will only reimburse operators at the lower rate for the entire reporting period.

Attachment 2

Attachment 2 is no longer published with this notice. You may request a copy of Attachment 2 from RateDetermination@CalRecycle.ca.gov. The Attachment 2 is a refund value conversion chart for use by RC operators only, which reflects the refund values paid for consumer transactions. The chart provides refund values based on weight received, rounded to the nearest one-tenth of a pound. The chart is not for curbside, drop-off / collection, or community service program transactions, or for materials redeemed through a reverse vending machine.

Attachment 3

This attachment provides January 1, 2022 Individual Commingled Rate Survey Program (ICRS) Refund Values per Pound for qualified programs, and is used to determine correct payment to applicable curbside, drop-off / collection, and community service programs. All qualified curbside, drop-off / collection, and community service programs not listed on Attachment 3 will receive payment at the statewide average refund value per commingled pound rates for all material types.

Please note that the ICRS program was suspended via Notice dated August 29, 2012. CalRecycle authorized continued extension of rates for participants who earned Individual Commingled Rates for the 2013 calendar year. For participants who continue to qualify, Individual Commingled Rates will remain in effect until further notice.

If you have questions regarding this Notice or these rates, please contact me (Hieu Le) at Hieu.Le@CalRecycle.ca.gov, or (916) 323-1493.

Send written comments to:
CalRecycle, Division of Recycling
801 K St., MS 17-24
Sacramento, CA 95814.

Thank you,
Hieu Le, Acting Chief
Recycling Program Operations Branch


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